Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal

Friday, June 16, 2017

Truth comes from the way things are, not from the way we see things

For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice (Jesus Christ; John 18:37, ESV)

In an article on truth written by theologian R.R. Reno in July 2009, the author observes that reality anchors the intellect rather than the intellect constructing or constituting reality. Our culture has it backwards as it uses the intellect to spawn a fantasy reality where anything goes no matter how bizarre or nonsensical. The result is a culture of death. Truly, the emperor has no clothes.

As Reno observed,

The Church contributes to world by speaking the truth about our humanity, a truth vouchsafed in Christ, a truth that must be spoken in season and out. 

The problem is that much of the church has muted its witness, shielding the truth - its' most powerful weapon. It's easy to speak truth when it's in vogue but can be quite costly when it's scorned (precisely when truth is most needed.) When a culture jettisons the anchor to reality, all bets are off. At that point, the church that is embedded in the culture is along for the wild catastrophic ride - unless it stands firmly and inflexibly (usually at great cost) with truth.

Theologian Garrigou-Lagrange (1877 - 1964) correctly identified relativism as the enemy of truth. The antitode is a firm, inflexible committment to truth ... something that fewer and fewer seem willing to do today. The video above contrasts critical reason with love of truth. Someone that relies soley on critical reason will be stunted in their intellecual health as something more is needed - the love of truth. It is the love of truth that ultimately brings someone to their full potential and firmly cements them into reality. When the church loves the culture more than truth, it becomes little more than entertainment. Without truth, we are doomed to wander in a fantasy fog on the edge of cliff in this fallen world, until finally we fall inevitably and irretrievably to our death.

We must seek to reignite a love of truth.

... for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved (2 Thess 2:10, ESV)

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (Eph 4:15, ESV)

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